A Brilliant Device That Completely Reinvents Crutches

Modern crutches are still less than a century old, and dozens of designers have taken a stab at improving them. But while most attempts are variations on a familiar theme, one entry to James Dyson Foundation's annual Dyson Award proposes a solution that improves on even the best recent alternatives. » 8/20/14 12:35pm Wednesday 12:35pm

This Elegant Trash Bin Swings Open Without Screws, Gears, or Wires

The Swing Bin is composed of exactly two pieces: a cylinder and an oval, precisely cut so that lid swings open and shut ever so gently. A prototype of the elegant Swing Bin first light up design circles four years ago, and now designer Shigeichiro Takeuchi has finally decided to make Swing Bin a reality. » 8/14/14 5:34pm 8/14/14 5:34pm

How You Fold This Origami Measuring Spoon Determines Its Capacity

Unless your measuring spoons are all tethered together (which is annoying unto itself) you've probably spent too much time sifting through kitchen drawers trying to find the one you need. Rahul Agarwal's Polygon measuring spoon solves that problem with an easy-to-store flat design that simply folds to whatever… » 8/07/14 9:53am 8/07/14 9:53am

A Side Table For Charging Gadgets That Plugs Right Into the Wall

The wireless utopia we've all been patiently waiting for (while tripping over cords) is still nowhere to be seen, but it's not for lack of trying. Designer Youmin Vincent Kim has come up with a wonderful interim solution with the Soak desk that leans up against, and plugs directly into, a wall—allowing it to serve as… » 8/06/14 5:34pm 8/06/14 5:34pm

A Transforming USB Business Card That Shares More Than Just Your Name

Despite countless ways for us to share information online, business cards are somehow still a popular way to pass on contact info. So instead of trying to replace them, the creators of the swivelCard simply found a way to make business cards better with a built-in USB port that lets you share everything from your… » 8/06/14 2:00pm 8/06/14 2:00pm

This Heads-Up Display Puts the App Info You Need On Your Windshield

Using your smartphone or tablet while driving is not only illegal in most sane states, it's also just a dangerously stupid thing to do behind the wheel. But since access to your device can make your travels easier, the dashboard-mounted Navdy provides a heads-up display that shares info from your devices, and lets you… » 8/05/14 12:00pm 8/05/14 12:00pm

A Self-Powered Bike Trailer That Pulls All Of Its Own Weight

They're a cheaper and often less stressful way to get around a big city, but compared to a car, bikes kind of suck when it comes to hauling cargo. A trailer certainly helps if you're willing to put in the extra effort needed to haul it, but there's now a better solution. Someone's created a self-propelled bike trailer » 7/23/14 12:30pm 7/23/14 12:30pm

A Nanotech-Powered AIDS-Killing Condom Is Closer than Ever

Correctly used, condoms do a damn good job of preventing STDs (and pregnancy!). But nobody's gonna say no to an improvement that ups those odds. Say, a condom coated in antiviral gel that kills up t0 99.9% of HIV, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus. Australia just said yes, and hopefully the U.S. isn't far… » 7/22/14 4:26pm 7/22/14 4:26pm

This Simple Contraption Lets You Make 100 Water Balloons Every Minute

Like with nuclear war, a water balloon fight isn't about pinpoint accuracy. What's most important is raining down as much soakage on your opponent as quickly as possible. Which means that the Bunch O Balloons, which promises to let you make 100 throw-ready water balloons every minute, could be the most important… » 7/22/14 1:33pm 7/22/14 1:33pm

A Hoodie Made From Speaker Fabric Won't Muffle Your Headphones

Originally designed for home or recording studio use, over-the-ear headphones somehow became a popular choice for music aficionados on-the-go. We can probably blame Sony's Walkman for that, but it means that Betabrand's new Audio Engineer's Hoodie—which uses speaker fabric on the hood so headphones can be worn over… » 7/17/14 5:50pm 7/17/14 5:50pm

Heart Rate Monitoring Car Seats Keep You From Drifting Off

Instead of finding ways to help reduce stress, long hours at work, and other contributing factors to our increasing levels of fatigue, researchers have just accepted the fact that we're all perpetually tired, and are instead focusing their efforts on ensuring we don't fall asleep at the wheel. And the latest… » 7/15/14 9:21am 7/15/14 9:21am

This Vintage Typewriter Is Actually a Keyboard For Your Tablet

For some of us who type all day for a living, the world is too quiet. We pine for the whir of the Xerox machine, the rattle of rotary telephones, the clackety-clack of the typewriter. A slightly romantic vision, maybe, but no longer completely impossible, thanks to this keyboard modeled to look exactly like a vintage… » 7/10/14 6:40pm 7/10/14 6:40pm

This Compact Microwave Is a Must-Have For Your Car

Designer Jake Rich has come up with a better design for the microwave that no longer requires a permanent parking spot on your kitchen counter. His Mediumwave concept has a footprint about the size of a dinner plate, and the traditional metal box form factor of microwaves of old has been improved with a removable dome… » 7/08/14 12:40pm 7/08/14 12:40pm